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Pat Shingleton: "Davy Crockett and 'The Blizzard'"

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago January 03, 2014 Jan 3, 2014 Friday, January 03 2014 January 03, 2014 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

A monster storm is slamming the northeast with record snow and below zero wind chill values; due to another classic nor'easter. "Blizzard" originally meant "a stunning blow," often referred to a boxer's knockout punch. Davy Crockett, no relation to Jennifer, used the word in reference to a barrage of rifle shot at a deer and to "taking a blizzard" to his prey. On March 24, 1870 the editor of the Iowa newspaper, The Easterville Vindicator, described a massive wind-driven snow event as a blizzard. He compared the event to a severe snowstorm that K.O.'ed the city. The following Spring, an Iowa baseball team changed its name to the "Blizzards" and within ten years numerous papers from New York to Canada were referencing storms as blizzards.

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